On Friday, the Olympic flame arrived in Tokyo for the ‘no spectator relay’ due to COVID-19 fears. Yesterday, it was announced that spectators would be banned from most Games events. The flame was brought on stage in a lantern and handed to Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike on a rainy morning two weeks before the start of this mega event.
On Thursday night, Tokyo 2020 organisers and government officials announced their decision to ban fans from Olympic events in the capital as it was declared by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga as a state of emergency throughout the games.
📽️ The #OlympicTorchRelay is enjoying the ride in Chichibu, Saitama prefecture… literally 🚂
Check out the this @Olympics inspired train! 🔵⚫️🔴🟡🟢
— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) July 8, 2021
Tokyo 2020 tweeted, “The #Olympic TorchRelay is enjoying the ride in Chichibu, Saitama prefecture…. literally. Check out the this Olympics inspired train! Learn about torchbearer Suzuki Hidetaro’s wish..” The torch relay was meant to create excitement for the Games, unfortunately, it had to be pulled from public roads to prevent crowds from spreading the virus as infections rise.
The nationwide torch relay was dealing with problems since it began in March along with almost half the legs disrupted in some way. The relay is banned on the famous roads of Tokyo such as Kyoto and Hiroshima. It had also gone through some public opposition, with a 53-year old woman arrested on Sunday for squirting liquid from a water pistol towards a runner.
The Tokyo Olympics is set to begin from July 23 without crowds.